Research & Development

Funding opportunity for innovative solid waste research.

Divert NS provides assistance for research and development initiatives that support the province’s Solid Waste-Resource Management Strategy and the mandates of Divert NS.

Who Can Apply

Universities, colleges, businesses, business associations, partnerships, agencies, and municipalities are eligible. Applicants and/or project activities should be based in Nova Scotia unless otherwise approved by Divert NS.

What the Funding Is For

Research and development funding will be provided for approved projects that investigate, design and develop innovation in:

  • Materials or products that incorporate solid waste-resources.
  • Technologies that will facilitate the separation and recovery of solid waste-resources
  • Enhanced market opportunities for solid waste-resources and/or recycled materials
  • Increased efficiency within the current Nova Scotian solid waste system

If your research idea is suited to the Research & Development Funding program, contact Divert NS for guidance and information on how to submit an application.

Once your application is ready, you can submit it to with the subject line: "Research & Development Funding Inquiry."

“It has always been a good process working through the Divert NS funding programs as the team are there to help and encourage all along the way. Here at the Verschuren Centre we have utilized both the industrial and student specific funding programs, on projects as diverse as growing black soldier fly on waste biomass to incorporating biopolymers of shell origin into recyclable plastics. All projects have focused on creating process or products that can be commercialized by industry partners, in order to bring value to something that is currently underutilized, thereby removing it from the waste stream. I would recommend Divert NS funding programs particularly for those with innovative solutions that need some assistance in key areas to help get their business to the next level.”

- Beth Mason, Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University